Series: Pacers Lead 2-1
When: 7:00 PM
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: George Hill
SG: Lance Stephenson
SF: Paul George
PF: David West
C: Roy Hibbert
Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28)
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Iman Shumpert
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Kenyon Martin
C: Tyson Chandler
Tonight we have reached the point of the season where the Knicks will once again rise up and get a big win or will be on the brink of elimination.
After a no-show in Game Three where the only player that showed up and played well was Iman Shumpert, this game is a big one for so many on the team.
Tyson Chandler has to have a better game than last time. J.R. Smith has to try to find his shot again. The point guards, including Felton, have to also be better.
The focus, of course, will always be on Carmelo Anthony as well. Tonight is the kind of game and moment he wanted when he was traded to New York.
When the Knicks had blown the lead in Game Two of this series towards the end of the third quarter, it was Melo who helped them take over the game.
He was the best player this franchise has seen in years this season and now he will be asked to help carry them to the biggest road win this franchise will have had since Game 7 against Miami in 2000.
The bickering the past few days, the illnesses of Smith and Martin and the knee scare with Shumpert are for now all apart of the past.
When this game tips off that needs to be forgotten and the focus must be on winning this game. A win tonight evens the series, gives the Knicks home court advantage again and gives them confidence again.
The lineup has changed for the Knicks as Martin will start to give the Knicks a chance to match the larger lineup the Pacers have put out as starters.
It will be interesting to see how it works in the early going. It should be a better lineup for them defensively, but defense hasn’t really been the problem.
The hustle plays have been the difference in this series. Rebounding, loose balls, turnovers have set the tone for each team’s wins in this series.
Who ever wins that, will more than likely win the game.
This is a gut check time for the Knicks.
Will they rise up and get the biggest win this franchise has had in 13 years? Or do they head home on the brink elimination?
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- Can J.R. Smith do anything right?
- Will Melo have a career defining kind of game?
- Can the Pacers keep up their play from Games One & Three?
- How will the Knick Point Guards play after a no show in Game Three?
- What can Amar’e provide in his 10-12 minutes tonight?